A one-boy crimewave who sexually assaulted a lawyer, stole a businessman’s Mercedes and mugged several teenagers at knifepoint was today jailed.
Hamza Zaman was just 17 when he embarked on his year-long crime spree which left terrified victims still haunted by their ordeals three years on.
He was arrested by police investigating a series of sexual assaults carried out by a male suspect on a bike who targeted and molested lone females near Zaman’s home in Firswood, Trafford, Greater Manchester.
Zaman later admitted assaulting a solicitor who was ambushed by a ‘smirking boy on a bike’ as she waited for a tram home at the Old Trafford Metro-link stop.
He was also linked to various robberies – including hijacking a Mercedes E240 at knifepoint while taking it for a test drive, and a second raid in which another motorist was throttled with own scarf for his VW Polo.
Zaman also targeted schoolboys for their bikes or mobile phones.
At Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester, Zaman, now 20, was today jailed for seven and a half years after he admitted sexual assault, robbery, attempted robbery and witness intimidation between June 2017 and May 2018.
He was also ordered to sign the Sex Offender Register for seven years. He had no history of previous offending and blamed his behaviour on the death of his grandfather.
Hamza Zaman, 20, was today jailed for seven and a half years after he admitted sexual assault, robbery, attempted robbery and witness intimidation between June 2017 and May 2018
He admitted sexually assaulting a female solicitor who was ambushed by a ‘smirking boy on a bike’ as she waited for a tram home at the Old Trafford Metro-link stop
Sentencing Zaman, Judge Bernadette Baxter told him: ‘You showed no regard for your victims or for the rule of law.
‘You did what you wanted when you wanted without thought of the consequences. Only now when faced with losing your liberty are you concerned about the consequences.’
The first incident occurred at 11.50pm in June 2017 after a 15-year old boy was targeted by Zaman. During the mugging of the teenager, Zaman threatened to ‘f*** him up’ and punched him in the face before escaping with his bike.
The victim told his father who despite having recently undergone a heart transplant operation tracked down Zaman only for the attacker to make a gun gesture warned: ‘I’m going to f*** you up and I’m going to f*** your wife.’
The following month, three friends aged between 15 and 16 were walking through Chorlton-cum-Hardy when they were accosted by Zaman and his gang and ordered to hand over their mobile phones.
Then in February 2018, a student was robbed for his rucksack and given a kicking as he was walking home late at night.
The Mercedes driver was carjacked after he advertised the vehicle for sale on Gumtree.
Zaman and an accomplice turned up after asking to take the car for a test drive but during the journey the victim had a knife held to his face close to his right eye.
He threatened to ‘cut up’ the victim who pleaded with his attackers to take the car. The pair escaped with the vehicle after agreeing to let the victim out.
Two weeks later, another driver who advertised his VW Polo on Auto Trader was choked with his scarf and beaten with a spanner after agreeing to let Zaman and the same accomplice test drive the vehicle.
He was also ordered to sign the Sex Offender Register for seven years. He had no history of previous offending and blamed his behaviour on the death of his grandfather
The victim managed to grab the keys to the ignition before feeling.
The married lawyer, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was targeted in May 2018 after she left work at 8pm.
Neil Usher prosecuting said: ‘She walked to the Old Trafford tram station when she felt Zaman slap her bottom. She froze and saw him on his bike and the saw him brush his hand on her upper arm.
‘She was panicking as no one else was around and she described how he was cycling alongside her her at a very slow pace looking at her.
‘She became angry and told him in no uncertain terms where to go but he just smirked and cycled off.’
Police arrested Zaman after officers working with council officials recognised him on CCTV. He denied two other sexual assaults upon different lone women and those charges were ordered to life on file.
In mitigation defence lawyer Brendan O’Leary said: ‘His father has suffered a significant mental illness and is clearly unwell and that is due to the pressure of his son’s position.
‘My client has to bear that responsibility and he does so in the knowledge that not only are there victims of his crimes but there are also indirect victims too.
‘He was a well adjusted young man but the loss of his grandfather just prior to these offences was perhaps the trigger for the change in his behaviour. This is not a young man who has been a tearaway for all his life.’
Adnan Chobaki, also 20, of Whalley Range, Manchester was locked up for three years after admitting robbery and attempted robbery.
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